Girl Talk
Feed the Animals
(Illegal Art)


Feed the Animals is a “one-stop party-music shop,” said Saul Austerlitz in The Boston Globe. Gregg Gillis, the DJ and producer also known as Girl Talk, artfully scrambles pop, rock, and hip-hop hits present and past to create the sickest mixtape imaginable. In his musical universe, the Carpenters mingle with Metallica, Afrika Bambaataa rubs shoulders with Kraftwerk, and Daft Punk gets down with Fleetwood Mac. The 26-year-old cut-and-paste pro has a “real gift for juxtaposition,” said Michaelangelo Matos in The Onion. Although Feed the Animals is divided into 12 tracks, Gillis never actually stops to pause, threading together all 300 samples seamlessly. Most pairings—such as Lil Wayne’s “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy” mashed up with Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U”—collide wonderfully, said Ryan Dombal in Others, such as Jay-Z’s “Roc Boys” with Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android,” crash and burn. But Gillis’ rapid-fire pacing and “exquisite ear for snagging the best 15 seconds of every three-minute track blaring from your clock radio” ensure that even when “you hit a lackluster patch,” it’s over in seconds.